This lovely little cocktail is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and I finally got it where I wanted it.
I’ll say up front that it’s probably not for everyone, but it is definitely something I really enjoy, and will continue to play with and try to make even better.
I love tequila, and I am developing a love of mezcal. I worked at Lucky 13 in Salt Lake City for years, and they strive to provide outstanding mezcal cocktails using top-notch ingredients. I don’t get to work with all their awesome mezcals, but I try really hard with what I get!
I wanted to make something like a margarita, and I kept 2 of the main ingredients – Tequila and Lime. Then, I just started messing with things that I liked. I don’t LOVE bitterness, but I understand it has a place in moderation. Rather than using Campari, I used Aperol, and I think in my future iterations, I will probably use Averna (I’m starting to really like Averna)
Anyway, here is the recipe, and I hope you like it. I hope you even get a chance to come by and have me make you one!
The Oaxacan Conspiracy
1 oz. Reposado Tequila
0.5 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.75 oz. Aperol
0.75 oz. Lime Juice
Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain over large ice cube in rocks glass.
Garnish with zest of lemon or lime (or both).
Review: I really like the role that the Vermouth plays, and I also think that you could even dial back the mezcal to like, 1/3 oz, depending on how smokey you want it, and what brand you’re using. I turned mine up to a half ounce, because I like the citrus and the smoke, and again to kind of keep the bitterness in check. Definitely going to make another one with Averna, because I just got a bottle of that, and I think it’s my new favorite amaro.
Let me know in the comments what you think, and if you make one, let me know if you change anything and how it turned out!
Enjoy! See you next time.
(photo credit: Aryn Cotroneo)